Announced 29 July 2010 is the high quality Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG car-fi system for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class:
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class
A new high-end custom-designed sound system for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the latest result of the successful co-operation between Mercedes-AMG and Bang & Olufsen. With a total output of 1.200 watts, 15 high performance loudspeakers and four acoustic lenses the system offers a listening experience in a league of its own for every passenger.
The co-operation between Mercedes-AMG and Bang & Olufsen began in 2007 with the development of high-end sound systems for AMG and Mercedes-Benz cars. So far the highlight has been the introduction of the SLS AMG with Bang & Olufsen sound in 2009. Now the co-operation has been taken to the next level with the introduction of a matchless sound system for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. From September 2010, the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end sound system, which was developed jointly with Mercedes-AMG engineers, will be available in the complete engine line-up, starting with the V6 gas and diesel engines, the hybrid and up to the powerful V8 and V12 versions of the S-Class. The BeoSound AMG system is standard equipment in the S65 AMG.
Designed to match the outstanding quality of the S-Class interior, the Bang & Olufsen sound system appeals to aesthetic senses also when switched off. The curves of the cabin are perfectly embodied by the design language of the four illuminated acoustic lenses as well as the calm lines of the aluminium speaker grills.
The white LED light of the four tweeter units in the mirror triangle as well as in the b-pillar is adjusted to match the color from the instrument panel. It automatically switches to day or night mode based on the ambient light, which is detected by a sensor in the rear view mirror. On system start-up the light smoothly fades in to the required level.
Bang & Olufsen’s well known aluminium competences are incorporated in the car via the loudspeaker grills in the doors and on the parcel shelf. The straight lines and curves present the unique Bang & Olufsen design focusing on clean and straight structures.
Custom-made for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Besides 15 high performance speakers, the BeoSound AMG high-end sound system includes a total amplifier power of 1.200 Watts. Particularly the system consists of a 3-way speaker system in the front doors to enable optimal sound radiation for driver and front seat passengers. The midwoofers in the rear doors as well as the tweeters in the b-pillar together with two midrange speakers as surround speaker and two powerful subwoofers in the parcel shelf ensure a superior sound chamber for the passengers in the back. In fact when developing the system, the engineers were focusing heavily on offering every passenger in the car a perfect listening position – both on front and rear seats. A special sound setting, which can be chosen in the COMAND APS control system, focuses the sound especially on the rear seats. The total sound tuning process took more than six months and Bang & Olufsen expert engineers spent more than 10.000 km on the road for the dynamic adaption function.
“Bang & Olufsen is very proud to enhance the driving experience of the S-Class with a sound experience pleasing both the ears and the eyes. This product-introduction is a logical step in our continued journey related to bringing audiophile sound into the luxury environment of Mercedes cars” says Jens Peter Zinck, Managing Director Bang & Olufsen Automotive.
Intelligence and integration
Below its aesthetic surface, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG provides two powerful amplifiers, which have been engineered based on the experiences from previous automotive projects: one of them proprietary ICEpower technology; a fusion of high output power and hi-fi sound quality with ultra-compact design and low power consumption. The 750-watt ICEpower amplifier is closely interlinked with the 450-watt DSP (digital sound processor) amplifier, which converts the stereo sound and the Dolby Digital 5.1 signal into 7.1 surround sound.
The closed speaker cabinets ensure that the sound from music and phone calls stays in the car, giving an optimal ‘privacy-effect’ which is especially convenient for making confidential phone calls. The cabinets provide a controlled acoustic environment and thus allow consistent sound quality. Furthermore the closed cabinets reduce undesired structural vibrations from the car when playing music at high sound pressure levels.
On long drives the dynamic noise compensation provides a non-tiring listening experience. The dynamic noise compensation is an algorithm developed by Bang & Olufsen: the built-in microphone provides continuous data on the current interior noise and transfers it to the Digital Sound Processor, which analyzes all frequency bands and highlights specific ranges individually for each speaker.
As announced in the fiscal report for Q3, Bang & Olufsen Automotive is working on more sound systems for coming Mercedes-Benz cars. These sound systems are expected to be launched during 2012.
Bang & Olufsen Press Release 20.07.10
- 15 premium speakers
- 4 acoustic lenses on the dashboard and in the b-pillar
- Neodymium technology which limits weight and optimises performance
- Speakers are mounted in pressure chambers to optimise sound quality
- Bang & Olufsen True Image ™; algorithm to permit upgrading of stereo and 5.1 channel sound to 7.1 channel surround sound
- 14-channel DSP amplifier
- 9 output channels (450W)
- 5 line outputs
- 5-channel ICEpower amplifier (750W)
- Unique speaker grilles in aluminium
- Specially designed sound by Bang & Olufsen’s acoustic team
- Microphone in cabin ceiling for automatic adjustment of volume & frequency
- Automatic Volume Control - automatic continuous adjustment of sound quality & volume, which compensates for changing noise levels
- Bang & Olufsen Menu in COMAND system:
- Sound mode: focusing on the sound front, rear or all passengers
- True Image ™: Patented algorithm, through a special configuration gives studio-quality sound. The algorithm also allows for a more surround sound-like audio.
See also: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster